Bolivia’s state owned and operated oil company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) is conducting a series of tests aimed at replacing the short-term consumption of diesel by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in heavy transport and the public sector fleet. Gas will be sourced from its LNG Plant in Rio Grande, Santa Cruz.
“For this, we are working jointly between the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and the conversion entity so that we can have in the coming years vehicles of public transport and heavy transport that can use natural gas in the form of LNG. It is a very ambitious project for we will have a direct impact on the import and the economy of national transport”, said CEO of YPFB, Óscar Barriga Arteaga.
The policy for the mass adoption of natural gas has already resulted in a national natural gas vehicle (NGV) count exceeding 350,000. According to automotive fleet projections by authorized bodies, the number of motorized vehicles in Bolivia could rise from 1.5 million to approximately 2.5 million by 2025.